Low-Carb Lemon Butter Sauce for Artichokes Recipe

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Total Time 55 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 45 min
Yield Enough for 4 Large Artichokes

This is a yummy, buttery, low-carb lemon-butter dipping sauce for artichokes. I like using the Italian herb blend, but other herb blends, such as Greek or French, work well, too.

An Italian herb blend would consist of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and red pepper.

This dipping sauce recipe makes about enough sauce for four large artichokes or six small-medium artichokes.


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 clove mashed garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian herb blend or other herb blend
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Melt 4 ounces butter (microwave works well) in a small heatproof bowl.
  2. If using fresh garlic, add it to the butter as it's melting and continue heating the butter until the butter begins to bubble. This will cook the garlic a little and distribute the flavor throughout.
  3. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian herb blend or other herb blend and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and stir to blend. Let the sauce sit for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to infuse.
  1. Give it another shot of heat (just a few seconds in the microwave is fine) before serving.

Nutritional Information: For 6 servings, each has a trace of carbohydrate and 137 calories. For 4 servings, each has almost 1/2 gram of carbohydrate and 206 calories.

Don't Be Afraid of Artichokes

I find people are often intimidated by those funky-looking whole artichokes, but actually they are easy to prepare.

Just place them upside down in a saucepan with a couple of inches of water. Cover and steam until you can easily remove an outer leaf. This takes 35 minutes or so for medium artichokes, and 45 to 50 minutes for large ones.

Some people trim the tips of the leaves, but it's not necessary. Serve with mayonnaise, or with the lemon-butter dipping sauce recipe on this page.

Pluck a leaf, dip, and scrape the edible part with your teeth. When you get to the center, remove the choke with a spoon and dip the rest.

The stem is not only edible, but yummy.

Health Benefits of Artichokes

Artichokes on their own are low in carbs and and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K and folate, a very good source of vitamin C and magnesium, and a good source of manganese and potassium. Artichokes are an excellent source of many phytonutrients, including antioxidants which may help protect our cells from damage.

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